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Hampton police: Mass. teen set her clothing on fire while in back of cruiser

New Hampshire Union Leader

August 21. 2018 8:10PM


HAMPTON — Police say a Massachusetts teen set her clothes on fire in the back of a Hampton police cruiser Saturday night, then kicked an officer in the groin, after being arrested on criminal trespass and loitering charges.

Hampton Deputy Police Chief David Hobbs said Jeante Driscoll, 19, of Leominster, Mass., allegedly used a lighter to set her shirt on fire while being transported to the police station after she was seen loitering in bushes alongside the Kennebunk Savings Bank on Winnacunnet Road around 10:20 p.m. Saturday. Police gave her a warning to leave the area, but when officers saw her a short time later near the building they took her into custody.

According to Hobbs, Driscoll became agitated after her arrest, struggling with officers as they placed her into a cruiser. She then lit her shirt on fire while en route to the police station.

An officer pulled over along Route 101, yanked Driscoll from the cruiser and rolled her on the ground until the flames were extinguished. Minor damage was done to the back seat of the cruiser, police said.

Police said Driscoll was treated by Seabrook Fire Department personnel for non-life threatening burn injuries. According to Hobbs, Driscoll again acted combative toward law enforcement personnel when they arrived at Hampton police headquarters, kicking one officer in the groin.

Driscoll was charged with one count each of assault by a prisoner, loitering and criminal trespass. She was released on $10,000 personal recognizance bail, and then transported to Portsmouth Regional Hospital.

She is scheduled to be arraigned in Seabrook District Court Oct. 2.

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